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June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Farmhouse GLAM!

December 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

Farmhouse Glam, the New Trend

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Farmhouse Glam

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A few weeks back a friend of mine was wanting some help with her living room design. Me, being the bestie and “ever-so-talented assistant designer” that I am (her words, not mine), I was the first person she called for help. She described her style effortlessly to me …“I like clean lines and no clutter, but I want it to be cozy. Nothing too bright. And I love burlap.” Though she knew what she wanted, I was a little unsure, and let’s be honest, she didn’t give me a lot to go on.

After some research, some insight from a certain INCREDIBLE designer that I get to learn from on a daily basis, Macy Mason, and a few rejected style options, my friend’s style concept came to fruition: Farmhouse Glam.

But what is that?!
What does that mean?!
An enticing name, an oxymoron really.
Can a farmhouse be glamorous?!?! Oh yes!!

Farmhouse glam is a style that is minimalistic and clean, with rustic elements and lots of neutrals.

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Farmhouse Glam

It mixes raw woods and beautifully classy chandeliers; antique distressed furniture and shiny mirrored trays; burlap and satin.

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It’s a combination of everything farmhouse and everything glamorous with a keen attention to balance.

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Farmhouse Glam

So, how can you recreate this effortless looking style? Follow these easy steps:

  1. Think neutral. Creams, tans, linens, soft grays mixed with medium-dark stained or raw woods.
  2. Think texture. In order to get a cozy feel, layer textures by using throws and pillows in fabrics like linen, burlap, and soft cotton.
  3. Think glamorous. A crystal chandelier, a mercury glass mirrored vase (with fresh flowers), or a metallic picture frame will do the trick.
  4. Think character. Find old pieces that can be repurposed into a beautiful new statement in your home.

Farmhouse Glam Color Board

Farmhouse Glam Color Board

Need help recreating one of these looks, or executing the steps above? Give us a call!!

Wishing you inspiration!
With Design Love,

The Designs by MK Team

Delay Before and After!!

November 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

This wonderful Edmond family came to me in need of spiffing up their living room and nook area. They had moved in only a few months prior and were ready for some personal and custom touches. I LOVED working on this design!! The colors and the finish product was even better than I excepted! :) Let me know your thoughts!!
BEFORE:

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DRUMMM ROLL PLEASE………………… AFTER!! (photography by Emily Martin at http://lovecanarycottage.com! She does a wonderful job :)

 

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Designs by MK- Delay After

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Designs by MK- Delay After

Designs by MK- Delay After

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This space was one of my favorites, as well as the clients themselves! So happy to share some of the pictures with you! Please be looking for the entire album of Delay on my PORTFOLIO page, updates will be posted soon!

With Design LOVE,

Designs by MK

 

Goldsby Before and After!

November 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

Before and Afters are the BEST! I was with a friend the other day and she asked to see some before and afters of mine and when I did she gave me the “THAT IS SUCH A CRAZY AWESOME BEFORE AND AFTER!” Needless to say……I have decided to start posting them now to share with you :)

This wonderful family are the Goldsby’s and they truly were some of the most comfortable people to be around! Plus, their little boy was just a perfect little peach and so that made it even better! At heart they are very modern people but were stuck in the red and brown traditional vacuum.

Goldsby-Living Room Before

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Goldsby- Kitchen Before

They needed their space to have their personality and their personal details that would make it THEIR home and not just anyones. The didn’t want to live in a staged home anyone! I loved getting rid of that Red and adding Blues. :) Bringing in more metal and natural woods it brought in a more modern feel. Let me know what you think!!
(Pictures done by Emily Martin http://lovecanarycottage.com) She is amazing and wonderful to work with!

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There will be more afters in the PORTFOLIO soon!  Design is all in the details. Do not be afraid to make your personality come to life in your home!!

With Design Love,

Designs by MK

Do’s and Don’ts of Mixing Patterns

August 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Please read on to see the color board that is styled after this outfit!

Mixing Patterns is so fun! As long as you know what you are doing :)

This year the new fashion trend, if you haven’t noticed already, is to mix multiple patterns in one outfit. I personally LOVE this new style. It could be because I can NEVER make up my mind when it comes time to get ready in the morning so I can get away with multiple looks all together! Lazy on my part? Prob. Fun and edgy and a great way to show your personality in your clothing even more? YES YES!!

The only thing about this is it should come with a cation sticker. :/

CAUTION: ONLY mix if you have color and pattern knowledge!

Seriously folks, this beautiful idea can go horribly horribly wrong if you are not careful!

 

Just like mostly everything, this concept makes me think of the interiors that I work with everyday.  There are Do’s and Don’ts in creating this potentially beautiful idea. What are they may you ask?! WELL before that I want to give you a SUPER brief and basic design lesson.

“Mixing patterns aren’t easy, but they can make the space look more perfect than imagined.”-Macy 

There are MANY design elements to be aware of while designing but these 3 are my most important…..today. :)

BALANCE: The state of equal tension. This in the interior design world can be applied to mixing pillows with one large in the back and two smaller ones in front, or two candle sticks flanking a fireplace mantel. These things make the eye feel like it is looking at something that is equal. In this case we will apply this to the amount of pattern vs. neutral in the space. There needs to be some neutrals if that is white, taupe, or gray. There needs to be a stable color throughout.
SCALE: The size of an item compared to another. In this case we will apply this to the size of the patterns that are going in the same space. This could be the size of the prints on the furniture, pillows, decor and etc. Just make sure that it varies. THIS IS A “BIG” one to remember!
COLOR: There is a rhyme and a reason to color. Green and Red= Christmas and Black and Orange= Halloween….stay away from those unless your holiday requires it.:) Color can make or break a space. If the space is on the small size, use lighter hues because darker ones will make the space seem even smaller. If the space is larger with windows, use darker hues and incorporate lighter furniture. This will fill the space with an even balance of light and dark.

OK OK I am sorry but these things needed to be addressed first :) I have put together just a few do and don’ts to keep in mind when mixing patterns. Read on at your own risk…..

CAUTION: These will make one want to start mixing patterns NOW!

Do’s
1. Stick with the same color palette- Look back at the outfit picture I posted at the beginning look at those colors. Black and white with floral (incorpoating all colors) this can be tricky. Just pick your favorite 2-3 colors and stick with those and the black and white so that there is a focal point. If you stick with the same colors you can bring in many patterns but they all have the same hues, so they are all friends! In this case I went with a goldenrod, teal and pink with the black and white.

2. Mix big and small prints- Big and small prints can be friends! If you have a busy print mix it with a more simple print. Or a few simple prints! Always use odd numbers. 3 and 5 are great numbers of different types of patterns in a space!
See my board at the end of this post to see a mixing of the same patterns that are in the outfit at the beginning of the blog! 

3.Keep the design elements previously talked about in mind (Balance, scale, color)- Remember how to balance your space, like making one chair floral and the drapes with pattern but keeping the large sofa a solid to make the space not overwhelming. Remember to keep things in scale, like One big print with a few small prints, or 2 big prints with a few small prints. Remember to keep the colors consistent, by creating a color scheme and sticking with those 3-5 colors only.

Don’ts
1. Add too much pattern that you have to squint or get a head ache…-Pretty sure this speaks for itself but…DUH. Don’t overwhelm yourself or your guest. Less is more at first.
2. Over think it- Remember the details of the Do’s and stay simple with only 3 patterns and then over time be bolder and bolder with adding more patterns!
3. Forget to add a basic color!- This will help bring all of the colors together with a solid basic color.

I have also added this color board that shows how to create a room based on the patterns that were in that outfit picture at the beginning!

Mixing Patterns to create one cohesive design!

Mixing Patterns to create one cohesive design!

I hope this helped! Keep looking for new posts soon!

With design love,

Designs by MK Team

 

 

Finding your Interior Design inspiration from your wardrobe!

July 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

Summer is here…sigh. Hot temps, cool waters, tan lines and…great clothes…you know the ones. Your go to summer attire for staying cool, but looking cute too. Could be that amazing ikat maxi dress paired with peep toe wedges. Or the distressed denim cutoffs with the simple V-neck and sandals. Whatever your go to outfit may be, you know that the moment you put it on you’ll be put together, without trying too hard, and you’ll feel amazing.

Yes, I know this is a blog for design, but design inspiration can be found anywhere, especially in your favorite summer outfit. “Your outfit?” you might say. Yes! You already know you love your favorite summer outfit, the colors, the patterns, the textures, now turn that into your favorite room, year round.  I chose a sun room (you like how I logically went there, it’s the easiest to match with your favorite summer outfit) perfectly fitting for the season we’re in and the clothes, but feel free to pick ANY room.

Your design style may be closer than you think!

Your design style may be closer than you think!

 

This is the outfit I chose for my inspiration. Refreshingly summer! Perfect skinnies in a peachy keen color paired with a simple blue and white tank, white sandals and white enamel jewels with gold accents. A simple go to outfit that you can’t go wrong with. Now, the big question: How do I turn this into a fully designed room? The answer: With 3 basic steps:

  1. Start with a neutral color. Neutrals are needed in most every room, and can really ground the space. It can be neutral walls or a big piece of furniture. I chose to use the white and camel brown in the sandals for inspiration. I picked a cream and camel sofa and two side chairs, and some fabulous burlap pillows for my neutrals in this space.
  2. Pick a pattern. Draw from the patterns in your favorite outfit, whether its stripes, a floral, damasks…whatever. I used the blue and white striped tank as inspiration here, but you could also use the lattice design on the back of the sandal. The blue and white striped rug is almost a perfect match. Yay! Make sure you don’t overdo the pattern. You either need to do one big statement piece in a pattern (like a statement wall or a sofa), or splashes of pattern throughout the room (in a few pillows or the curtains).
    ***For those of you who love pattern, there is a harmony to mixing patterns! Need help with this?!
    Stay tuned for my next blog :)
  3. Splashes of color. Without color….I might die. Well probably not, but…goodness, do I LOVE color! This is the most fun step. Think bold! From my outfit, I used the peachy coral from the skinny jeans and the gold from the jewelry and sandals. Think pops of color…here and there, mostly accessories, as I’ve used below. Or if you’re feeling bolder, think an accent wall in coral. Or if you’re feeling really bold, do both the accessories and an accent wall!

 

Wardrobe inspiration translated into an interior space! Love!

Wardrobe inspiration translated into an interior space! Love!

One major recommendation: Let’s not make it a competition between the patterns and the splashes of color, Okay? We love both of them equally and they each deserve a space in the design. If you have a pattern that already has bold colors in it, pull colors from the pattern and use a more subdued hue to splash around the room.

I hope that you’re feeling thoroughly inspired by this blog, and are finding your sandals a little more interesting than you did before.

Just follow the steps! But…if you’re still feeling overwhelmed, we’d love to help you! Contact us at designsbymk.macy@gmail.com.

 

Wishing you inspiration, even from inside your closet!!!

With design love,

Designs by MK Team

Growing Growing Growing!

May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Designs by MK would love to introduce the newest team member, Sarah Guthrie!

She is extreamemly talented and I am so excited for you all to meet her! I had her put together some information about herself so please read on to get to know the wonderful new addition to the Designs by MK family.
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“Growing up, I always imagined how I could improve spaces by moving the furniture around, painting the walls a different color, or adding fun accessories. No one thing brought this feeling about. Instead I feel like it’s always been there, a God-given talent. Though, I realized my passion behind this work for the first time when I was able to pick out my dorm room bedding and accessories for my first year of college. Everything brand new and just how I wanted it….sigh. It was amazing! Thus was born a passionate hobby that I’m now turning into an amazing career with the guidance of Macy.
Words can not describe the amount of excitement I feel to be working with Macy. She is truly a godly and gifted woman and interior designer. It was God’s perfect timing that brought us together, and it feels like it was meant to be. Who else to learn from than a great friend, under God’s provision. I’m so excited to start this journey.
I feel that design is so much more than a paint color or a couch. It’s about all of the elements coming together to form a space that makes you feel at home and comfortable. And that’s what I hope to bring to Designs by MK and to our clients.”
-Sarah Guthrie
Design Assistant

Details, Interior Design, and Junior Mints

May 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

photo-12Hi there! I would like to introduce myself , my name is Macy Mason. I am a born and bred Okie that has a passion for Interior design, loving people, and Junior Mints. That last one is really important. Yes, I know they are not good for me but the heart wants, what the heart wants.

Please bare with me, I am a first time blogger. Please do not stop reading….. Give me a chance!

Like I was saying earlier, I have a PASSION for interior design! From a very young age, design elements were going through my brain, even as a 10 year old I was very aware of balance, shape, and structure. My family pushed me to find my passion in life and that was definitely design! I soon went to college and got my degree in Interior Design and have never looked back. I worked in the government world as a furniture dealer for a little while after school and I soon came to realize that I had zero creative outlets. (“Would you like a black chair or a black chair?”…) I found myself going home and painting every piece of furniture I could get my hands on and throwing color around my apartment like I used to live in a black and white movie. I needed color, design, FREEDOM to create and help shape. This mind set, placed into my head by my amazing Lord, brought me to numerous opportunities to help people with their homes.

First it started off small and gradually God started placing people in my life one after the other that needed design help. I did this along with my government job for about 6 months until I felt stable enough to go out on my own and start my own interior design business. This 6 month period was a prayer filled 6 months with my family and close friends. I was introduced to a wonderful woman of God at my church, Lifechurch.tv, that happened to be an amazing interior designer as well. Some of you may know her, the lovely Kellie Clements. Through my journey she has been a blessing as well as a mentor. Now the rest is history! I have helped many families make their home what they have always dreamed it would be and more. I love my job!!!! Seeing the smiles on people’s faces when the final touch is completed, is simply priceless.

Here was just a small tidbit of my story, thank you for reading! If you are in need of new pillows and pops of color in a space, to a whole home renovation please let me know, I would love to bring my knowledge and creativity to the table and help you make it a harmonious design! Message me on my website and we will meet and have a nice little consultation and go from there!

I am excited to meet you,

Macy